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You'll find myriad designs on bamboo cups

With Environment Secretary Michael Gove saying the Government is considering seriously imposing a 25 pence 'latte levy' on disposable paper drinks cups, it's time to get used to carrying your own cup with you if you're a regular patron of the nation's take-away coffee shops. So if you've not yet invested a few quid on a biodegradable cup to carry around with you, well, what are you waiting for?

Charlie Luxton

Architectural designer Charlie Luxton is a zealot for low energy housing. He wants us to ditch the draughts and turn down the thermostat so we live in comfort, save money and save the planet

Duette honeycomb blinds can save you up to 25 per cent on your energy bills

Snug as a bug in a rug? Or are you plagued by draughts and chills up your spine? You need Deco’s guide to a warmer, more eco-friendly home

Energy efficient appliances can help cut household bills

Are you doing due diligence and choosing the most energy-efficient household products when you need to replace them (having recycled the old of course...)?

Gardens of Villa Della Pergola at Alassio

Should you be visiting the Genoa region in the coming months and you're a keen gardener, find time to visit these gardens on the Ligurian coast, now restored to glory

The new Gtech is an excellent machine

The Gtech has undergone a major overhaul.. and if you're someone who struggles to find the motivation to vacuum, well, this lightweight and dare we say brilliant AirRam Mk2 device will turn you into a house-proud townmouse. We vote it our 2017 Product of the Year

Siemens i-Dos IQ700 WM14Y890GB.

Our choice of washing machine can make a big difference to our carbon footprint. Deco’s Kay Hill guides us through the features we should be looking for

Cotton Grass and Dogs Mercury paint from Nature Paint

Most commercial paints are now very low in VOCs and are water-based. But does that make them eco-friendly? Kay Hill puts a toe into a hot debate....

Poor indoor air quality is in no small part down to humidity which leads to condensation, damp and mould. But you can do something about it.

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It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa or armchair with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

The downstairs area is open and full of areas to sit and relax

Artist Bonnie Saland's live/work studio in northern California is full of colour and pattern. She's the designer behind textile brand Philomela and the family's laid-back ocean retreat is the ideal backdrop for her work

This award-winning refurbishment by 6a architects of a house in Devon shows the impact of wood on white

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